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Posted March 19, 2009
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I found the Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte at a book fair, only to realize that the lady I had been talking to was Ms. Rowland herself! We talked about how admirable the Bronte sisters were and what a priviledge it is to write, she signed the front page, and I purchased the book. Several months later, I still had not read it due to the way life was piling up like the dust on my bookshelf. So I finally buckled down and promised myself that I would read every word and page in The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte until my eyes became crimson with fatigue. In the first page, I was hooked by some hypnotic force. I fell in love with Ms. Rowland's fabulous descriptions. Her words come across as effortless storytelling-the wisp of pen against paper. I enjoyed the book as much as I had enjoyed talking with its author and hope to read more of Ms. Rowland's books in the future.
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Posted April 25, 2008
Author Laura Joh Rowland has shown herself skilled at mixing history and imagination, in her mystery series set in 17th century Japan. She has found the same comfort zone in recreating the 19th century England of author Charlotte Bronte. But is it believable, or foolhardy, to put Bronte on the receiving and meting out end of wild romance, violence, and betrayal? Charlotte's the likeliest candidate of the three sisters. And 1848-1849 would have been a vulnerable time for her, what with two sisters and a brother dying. Perhaps, though, that question just doesn't need to be answered, or even asked. For the storyline and the characters, real and imagined, make the book difficult to put down until the last page.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.